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Mary J. Prochaska, 93, passed away  on Tuesday at Ridgewood Care Center. Mary was born in Barron County, Wisconsin on August 15, 1924, and was the daughter of the late Anton and Josephine (Nee: Killar) Duda. On September 10, 1946 she was united in marriage to Francis W. Prochaska who preceded her in death in 1982. Mary retired from Jacobson Manufacturing after thirty years of employment. She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic Church. Mary’s pastimes included sewing, quilting, and collecting Precious Moments figurines. More than anything Mary loved playing bingo. She will be dearly missed by her children, Mary (Guenther) Behringer of Racine, Margaret (Al) Schwab of Burlington, Barbara (Robert) Petri, Diane (Joseph) Cacciotti, all of Racine, Edward (Michelle) Prochaska of Conrath; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Diane Prochaska of Conrath, Patricia Prochaska of Delavan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sons, Francis, William, and James; and brother, George Duda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic Church, with Reverend Stephen J. Stradinger officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. A special thank you to the staff at Ridgewood Care Center 2 East and especially to CNA, Vivian for their loving and compassionate care. MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME

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